Over the years, certain questions are frequently asked. We have accumulated these questions – and their answers – to create an FAQ section for students and an FAQ section for faculty and staff. We have also created a general advice page for students and provided a page of links to resources related to the General Education requirements.

We invite you to send any questions that you may have regarding the General Education requirements or any suggested additions to our resource page to


  • Be informed.

Check the list of courses that fulfill the basic General Education Communication and Quantitative Reasoning Requirements. Remember:  some Schools and Colleges have additional requirements.

Learn how to search the Schedule of Classes to find courses that fulfill the General Education requirements.

Audit your transcript to find out if you have outstanding requirements to fulfill.  If DARS is available in your School or College, you can audit your transcript yourself; you should also consult your program adviser.

Browse through the Frequently Asked Questions for students or faculty and staff.

  • Be proactive.

Schools and Colleges offer advising for students enrolled in or admitted to their schools.  Students who have declared majors or who have been admitted to programs should seek the advice of their department or program advisor.  Students who have declared majors should always check there, first.

Students who are undecided about their majors should contact the Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS), located in Room 10 Ingraham Hall (phone 265-5460).  CCAS is a campus-wide advising service for undergraduate students who are undecided about a major, are considering changing majors, or have been denied admission to one of the university’s competitive and limited enrollment programs.  CCAS advisers are knowledgeable about the many majors, certificate programs, institutes, and other academic and pre-professional opportunities on the UW-Madison campus. This service supports and facilitates undergraduate decision-making processes through individual appointments and career and special-interest group advising programs throughout the year.  Services are available in the CCAS central Office, residence halls, student unions, and libraries (CCAS staffs a full-time office in Chadbourne Residential College). CCAS is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During peak registration time, it is open in the evenings as well.

Other Schools and Colleges at UW-Madison offer their own advising resources.  Many of these are listed with the additional requirements we note on this site.